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Barbara K. Walker Papers

Identifier: CLRC-1527

Scope and Contents

The collection contains written production material for children's books written and adapted by Barbara K. Walker, including drafts, correspondence, proofs, notes, research, contracts, audio recordings, and film strips. The collection also contains articles, unpublished writings, correspondence, ephemera, and other miscellaneous material.


  • Creation: 1958 - 2003


Language of Materials

The bulk of the collection is in English, with some material in Turkish, as well as a small amount of research material in various other languages (primarily related to research for the book Laughing Together).

Conditions Governing Access

Open for use in the Elmer L. Andersen Library reading room.

Conditions Governing Use

This collection may be protected by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code). It is the user's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and to obtain all necessary permissions prior to the reproduction, publication, or other use of any portion of these materials. Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law.

Biographical / Historical

Barbara Kerlin Walker was born on October 13, 1921 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She received her BA degree from the New York State College for Teachers in 1943 and her MA in 1947. In addition to writing, Walker taught English and children's literature from elementary school to college. Best known for her children's books of tales and folklore from around the world, especially stories from Turkey, she began collecting Turkish folklore with her husband, Warren S. Walker, in the early 1960s. In 1980 she began volunteering as curator of the Archive of Turkish Oral Narrative at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. Her first book was Nigerian Folk Tales as Told by Olawale Idewu and Omotayo Adu, which she edited along with her husband in 1961. Her first book for children was Just Say Hic! A Turkish Silly Tale, published in 1965. Walker died in 2007

Biographical Source: "Barbara (Jeanne) K(erlin) Walker (1921-)." Something About the Author. Vol 80. Detroit, MI: Gale, 1995.


4.3 Cubic Feet (8 boxes )


The collection contains material related to children's books by Barbara K. Walker


The collection is divided into two series. "Books" are arranged alphabetically by published title, while "Other materials" are organized by record type.

  1. Books
  2. Other materials

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Barbara K. Walker.

Related Materials

The Archive of Turkish Oral Narrative is located at Texas Tech University (

Barbara K. Walker Papers, 1958-2003
Karen Spilman
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Revision Statements

  • February 2023: Collection reprocessed and finding aid updated by Caitlin Marineau.

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Children's Literature Research Collections Collecting Area

Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library